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Biography of Davis M. Trammell

DAVIS M. TRAMMELL. Mr. Trammell is the owner of a valuable farm of 160 acres in Taney County, and is one of those thrifty, energetic farmers for which the county has become well known. In the conduct of his affairs he has shown good judgment and business foresight, and is well known for his intelligence and excellent judgment. Mr. Trammell is a native of Searcy County, Arkansas, born January 19, 1856, and a son of Jared H. and Louisa (Beechum) Trammell, natives of Illinois.

The father was reared in that State, but in 1833 moved from there to Arkansas and thence to Taney County, Missouri, in 1870, settling in Cedar Creek Township. For many years he was post-master at Cedar Creek, was also justice of the peace, and previous to coming to Missouri he held the office of county judge in Arkansas. He was an influential man wherever he made his home and was an ardent Republican in politics. During the war he found it rather unpleasant in Arkansas and moved to Greene County, Missouri, but shortly afterward settled in Benton County, that State, where he remained for five years. He was a strong Union man but was exempt from active service although he acted as scout for the Union Army a number of times. His wife died in Arkansas about a year after our subject was born, and he was the only child. She was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Trammell was the owner of a good farm and was well and favorably known all over Taney County. He was married the second time and five children were the fruits of this union: Mary E., Louisa, James, John and Clay, all now married and living on farms except the youngest.

The subject of this sketch was but a boy when he came to this county and like the average country boy he assisted on the farm and attended school. By his own exertions he obtained a good education and while still quite young he began working in the Times office at Warsaw, Missouri Later, when about nineteen years of age, he became a teacher in Taney County and followed that profession for several years. During this time he was elected justice of the peace, and in 1886 he was made assessor of Taney County, holding that position four years. Mr. Trammell is a Republican in politics and has ever taken a deep interest in public matters. He has resided on his present farm since 1891, and is engaged in general farming and stockraising, at which he has made a success.

On the 30th of October, 1876, he was married to Miss Mary E. Burns, a native of Georgia, born December 24, 1859, and the daughter of Samuel and Jane (Farris) Burns, who came from Fulton County, Ga., a number of years ago, and settled in this county in 1874. The father still resides in this county, but the mother died in 1881.

Our subject’s union has been blessed by the birth of six children, as follows: Samuel J., Lillie E., James H., William F., Flora and Iva M. Mr. Trammell takes a deep interest in politics and is a leader of his party, having been a delegate to many county conventions. He takes much interest in all worthy enterprises, especially those relating to educational matters, and for many years has been a director in his school district.

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